Baby Budget Badness!

Hey y’all!

UPDATE:So James just got his Zombie Apocalypse care package!! (It only took 10 days to ship! That’s amazing!) It’s kinda funny, cause the last couple packages have taken a month, so I sent this one for Valentines early, thinking it would just barely make it!…Oh it made it all right! I’m glad though, early is so much better than late!!

Anywho, on a separate note: All of my friends are having babies and getting married and I’m just over here like…can y’all stop! I can’t afford this!!<–notice that wording ! “I”(as in me, the friend) can’t afford “THIS” (them having baby showers & wedding showers and showers on showers on showers!) I love them all to bits and that’s the problem! I always go overboard with gifts! It never fails! I set a budget, I get to the store, and I spend a bazillion dollars and 50 cents! For example, I just finished shopping for my friends, Alex & Colten’s, baby shower. I was gonna make her a baby blanket, and buy her some onesies…this is what she’s getting:

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So in the baby box galore, there’s a hooded bath towel, a 3 pack of onesies, socks, burp cloths, newborn soothies, little “converse” shoes, a pink headband,bath stuff, and a homemade blanket!

I’ve done a post on making the cotton/ minky blankets before, so I won’t go too much into the details. You can look at the original post here: Baffling Blankets. I did the same thing basically, except I pinned the fabrics wrong sides together, and sewed around with the satin blanket binding. I’m not gonna lie..the binding was a Beeotch! I later found out that I had the wrong thread in the machine, which is why my machine kept jamming, and why I couldn’t sew a straight line for my life! Once the thread was changed it went together like butter!

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Baffling Blankets

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Hey there!

So..I wrote this post last night, and my computer spazzed out and didn’t post it! How rude! So…here goes (again)

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge South Carolina Gamecock football fan! Unfortunately..Mr. James (my soldier) is a Clemson Tigers fan, meaning that we’re rivals. It definitely makes for an entertaining college football season! But when I started hearing about (and receiving pictures of) the snow that they are getting over where he’s deployed, I figured I would make him a blanket…innocent enough, right? When I went to pick a fabric..I somehow ended up looking at Clemson cotton prints? I don’t know how it happened, but I found a plaid Clemson Tigers fabric in my shopping cart along with a striped white minky. I’m not proud of it..but honestly..it’s incredibly soft and comfy, and I snuggled with it…I’m so ashamed! So here is how to make your own shameful baffling blanket..or hopefully yours will be less confusing.

  1. First, I laid the fabrics down on the floor, and realized that the minky was about 18 inches wider then the cotton print. My solution was to cut two 4.5 inch strips & add them to either the cotton print fabric.(FYI: when pinning them to sew, make sure you put the fabric right sides together, meaning the colorful print side together with the fuzzy side)Image
  2. Then once the two pieces of fabric were around the same size, I pinned 3 whole edges together, and 3/4 of the fourth edge. I made sure to leave a opening so the I would be able to pull the blanket right side out once I was done sewing the edges.(Again, make sure that when you pin it, you have the fabrics right sides together)Image
  3. Carefully pull the blanket right side out, and stitch the hole together. My mom told me to hand stitch it..but I absolutely hate hand sewing, so I folded the edges down and ran it through the machine!

There ya go! One blanket for the snuggly person in your life! I used 2.5 yards of each fabric since James is 6 feet tall (and I wanted his feet to be warm!) But you could easily make this in a smaller fashion with less fabric (and much less hassle). It would make a great baby blanket! Which I think will be my next project!

Snowman Soup & Reindeer Munchy Madness!

Oh..my..gosh…y’all! I survived finals week! I didn’t think I would do it but I did! But I have totally neglected to keep you guys in the loop for what has been going on! So here ya go..I studied…wrote an 11 page paper…studied…and made a care package! TA-DA!! I know, I know, I live a “crazy” life! I’m going to show you guys the finished product of the Christmas care package, but my soldier hasn’t gotten it quite yet, so in the mean time I’ll let you guys know the little crafty bits!

I made Snowman Soup & Reindeer Munchies! What do snowmen and reindeer eat, you ask? Well I’m about to show you!

Snowman SoupWe’ll start with the snowman soup. It’s actually kind of like a hot chocolate kit? It has:

  • A hot chocolate pack
  • A little baggy of marshmallows
  • 2 hershey’s kisses (a little holiday lovin & extra chocolaty goodness)
  • 2 mini candy canes (to stir with or snack on)

Then I just put them all in a little plastic gift bag & attached a gift tag with the snowman soup poem! I got the printable from Organized Christmas. The poem says:

“Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.

So here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!”

How cute is that?!!  Next was the Reindeer Munchies!! Which is also known as puppy chow to some! I got the recipe from Chex.

reindeer munchiesIngredients:

  • 9 cups rice Chex cereal (or any version of chex cereal)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar

How:

  • Measure out your Chex & put it in a BIG bowl!
  • Put your chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a microwave safe bowl
  • Microwave for 1 minute, stir, and microwave for an additional 3o seconds (or until smooth)
  • Pour the melted chocolate peanut butter goodness onto your chex cereal (which is in your BIG bowl)
  • Stir gently until everything is nice and coated (it doesn’t seem like enough at first but it is I promise!)
  • Divide the chocolate covered chex into 2-1 gallon bags
  • Put half the powdered sugar in each bag & shake it! (Like a Polaroid picture!)

Then I filled little ziploc snack bags with as much as I could fit, and then I attached labels to the tops with my stapler. I got the idea for the labels from Catie <–Click this link.    But I just made them in word by downloading the “Christmas Eve” font off of fontspace.com, then I inserted some snowflake clip art as the background and typed what I wanted it to say! I actually figured out how to make a printable (I think) so you guys can download the labels!! (Insert applause!) But anywho…click this link to download the labels–> Reindeer Munchies Bag Labels

The rest of the care package is on it’s way!! So stay tuned!

Deployment: 1 Care Package at a Time #4

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Happy day after Thanksgiving y’all!
So I got a call from my Mr.Solider this morning while I was running around my house looking for my work shirt, and he got his Thanksgiving care package!! I don’t know who’s more excited, me or him! I love making these boxes of goodies, but it’s always a little nerve racking cause there’s that little voice inside my head that wonders if he’s gonna like it, or if I officially crossed the line from “cool nerd” to “holy shiznitz my girlfriend’s weird”.  So…I’ll let you decide today…

I decided to go with a Fall/Thanksgiving theme for this one, since it’s Fall and..well it was Thanksgiving, but it’s not my fault his post office was closed yesterday! But can we take a minute to admire my timing skills? I sent him a package for Thanksgiving, and had the post office been open, he would have gotten it either the day before, or ON Thanksgiving! BOOYAH! I’m a pro now! But anywho, I wanted to create a kind of Thanksgiving feast in snacks. So this is what I came up with:

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  • Turkey Jerky = Holiday Turkey
  • Mini boxes of Craisins = Cranberry Sauce
  • Sweet Potato Chips = Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Little Pumpkin Pie Debbie Cakes = Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Cider
  • Salted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 3 boxes of Cracker Jacks
  • Big bag of Rolos = Best candy known to man kind (His opinion)
  • 3 disc DVD set: Charlie Brown Holidays
  • Icing Packets (Oreo and S’more)
  • Cake in a Mason Jar <–Click for DIY Post
  • Thanksgiving Card (signed by yours truly)

So I found this autumn leave scrap booking paper, and I thought it was adorable!! It turned out to  be kinda in your face…really in your face…but I thought it was still cute! So then I cut out the little triangles out of some hay patterned paper (I know, totally matches, NOT) and fashioned them into a banner of sorts that elegantly states “I Love You”. Then I made these little “Why I’m Thankful for You” cards on my computer (I may make a post about them at some point) and stuck them around the flaps of the box. I don’t think this man ever has to question if I love him, just by the amount of crafts I make him that say so!

Bottle Cap Mayhem!

Bottle Cap Ornament

Good morning Lovely Ladies & Gents!

I’ve been contemplating what to do with this bag of bottle-caps I’ve been hoarding for a few months, and I finally decided to find a way to use them or just toss them! Sounds horrible right? Why would someone toss a bag of perfectly good bottle-caps? Well…cause she has too much stuff! But as I went to throw these into the trash can my hand hovered over the opening and there was a little voice screaming at me, something about recycling and re-using, one man’s trash is another crafter’s treasure. Y’all know the drill! So I dumped the tops onto my desk and grabbed the hot glue gun! …Yeah it wasn’t that easy actually. My creative process is a bit all over the place and a bit..”ADOS” as my boyfriend would say, meaning “Attention Deficit…Oh! Shiny!”.So really what happened was I stacked these  caps on the floor while watching Dr. Who until I cried because Dr. Who made me really really sad…Has anyone seen the ending to season 2?! But then I started making little bottle cap flowers out of them, and thought that they kind of looked like something my aunt has in her little boutique, where the person makes things out of type writer keys. And they had made some Christmas ornaments, so I thought…I can do that!

And so I did!! And I did it like this:

  1. Lay 11 of your best bottle caps with the ridges up.
  2. Grab some buttons or jewels, anything that can add color to the inside of your bottle caps, and hot glue them to the center of 6 of the caps. (Be careful that your caps are dry, or the glue will not hold for long.
  3. Arrange the decorated caps into a flower shape, with one in the middle and 5 around. (You should have 5 caps that are plain and undecorated that we’ll use as “spacer caps”).
  4. Glue one decorated cap to the center cap.
  5. Then add a “spacer cap”.
  6. Continue adding the decorated caps, alternating with the spacers, until you have a full “flower” (Ps: It took me a couple tries to get the spacing just right. The good thing about hot glue, is if you let it cool, you can peel it right off and try again!)
  7. Add a loop of ribbon to the back with a dab of glue.

And that’s that! Now I don’t feel so wasteful, and I rather like how it turned out! I have a few more caps so I think that I may make a couple smaller ones with just one bottle cap, so I can kind of blend them in with the other ornaments on my tree..I’ll let ya know how it goes!

Coming up soon: I made a new Thanksgiving care package for my soldier and sent it off, but I haven’t posted about it yet because I don’t want him to see it until he actually gets it. But stay tuned and check back around Wednesday for another installment of “Deployment: 1 Care Package at a Time #4”.

Christmas Shopping Central

Making Pillow Gift Boxes

So I love to shop online, if you haven’t already noticed that. I ordered the majority of my Christmas presents already, and the first batch just came in! Two little gifts for my girls up at Johnson & Wales. One was my roommate, and the other my best friend!! I transferred schools after my first year and I haven’t been able to see them since!! It’s so depressing! But I couldn’t stop myself from picking them out a little something to slip under their Christmas tree. When the gifts go here, I decided to make these little”Pillow Gift Boxes”. They’re so simple!

  1. Cut your cardstock so that it will fit into your printer.(Thicker paper works best)
  2. Find a template, like this one: Pillow Box Craft Project
  3. Put your cardstock into the printer, and print the template onto the back.
  4. Cut along the outer shape.
  5. Crease along the lines where you will be folding.
  6. Put glue along the flap, and fold the paper in half, let the glue set before continuing. (I ended up using Gorilla glue because I couldn’t find my glue stick…over kill but it worked none the less!)
  7. Pinch the two sides together, to help make the “pillow” shape of the box
  8. Fold in the two curved sides

Alexa, my roommate, is a Baking & Pastry Major. There was this one time where she went to a lecture on eggs (I know, odd) and they were giving out little whisk keychains. She already had one from somewhere else, but grabbed one for me, and I’ve had it on my keys since! She also had her side of the dorm room decorated with everything cupcakes!! Needless to say, baking was kind of our entire lives. So for Christmas this year I got her these little whisk earrings ($10) from an etsy shop called 1ofAkinds. <–Click to check her out!

Then for Lorrie (the lovely bestfriend) I got her a little grape soda cap pin ($3). For those of you that are like…uhhh what in the world? It comes from the move Up!. We have watched that movie so many times, we literally know every word, and we say everything along with the characters. During the movie Ellie gives Carl a little grape soda pin to show him that he’s officially in her “club”. I also got this from a etsy shop, and this one is called Oh so Cute & Quirky <–Click to take a looksy!

And last, but not least! I put them in the little pillow boxes, wrapped them in bubble wrap (another secret present), and decorated the small sized flat rate box to be sent off in the morning! Here’s the finished product!!

 

Deployment: 1 Care Package at a Time #3

Yes that is my teddybear stuffed in a box…

Good morning you crafty crafters! It’s time for another installment of “Deployment: 1 Care Package at a Time” (Insert dramatic soap opera voice here) . Last time we spoke I was  telling you about the scary side of  the post office…the Halloween care package!! DUN DUN DUN!!! (Sorry…I may have just had a huge cup of coffee…) But anywho, this box is a little more comforting, and actually came before the Halloween package…I know I cheated and posted about the other one first, but I didn’t want to wait to long after Halloween! Do you hate me now cause I lied to you?…I’m sorry…But look how cool this one is!!

This time it had:

  • Xbox 360 games (mine he’s borrowing)
  • A Gamer Guide for LA Noire
  • Three recent game informer mags
  • Two of my old guitar books (he’s learning how to play)
  • Hot Chocolate with crazy colored marshmallows
  • Pictures of his baby girl (in the envelope on the box flap)
  • Stella (My build a bear, his request)

I covered the flaps with scrapbook paper, and added letter stickers to say a part of one of our favorite songs (I changed it up a bit to fit) But it’s “Whatever it is” by the Zac Brown Band. It’s hard to see in the picture but I changed it to “You’ve Got Whatever It Is” “It Blows Me Away” “Every Time I Try To Tell You” “It Comes Out I Love You” Then the silver envelope says Lily (his daughter) and has some wallet sized pictures of her. And of course a guitar sticker.

PS: When I sent Stella, James and I decided that I would need another bear to replace her till he got back home…so I got another build a bear named Rogers! He has his own little uniform and everything! I sleep with him every night and if I stay somewhere else I make sure to take him with me as well! Anytime I forget him, James gives me a hard time and says that Rogers now has abandonment issues… Maybe I’ll introduce y’all sometime. He’s quite the charmer! OH LOOK! There he is down there!